Dear World Changer,
For me summer is an interesting time of year for two reasons. On one hand, it’s a season that calls for slowing down a little more and doing things we usually don’t get to do. However, summer can be very busy managing things like part time jobs and doing additional schooling. These two opposing forces I think tend to work against us sometimes into a place of making excuses. The area of our lives that I think suffers the most from excuses is our relationship with God.
When I was a teenager, I saw summer as an opportunity not just to relax but I also used it as an excuse to tap out of my relationship with God. In my teenage years, I was September to June Christian. I pursued God during the school year and weeks before school started I would spend time with Jesus. When I look back I was shallow to approach my relationship with God in that way. I’m thankful for God’s mercy and grace towards me to be patient to teach me the following lesson: following Christ isn’t a trend, it’s a way of life.
One day I was doing my devotions in Luke 9:57-62 and it talks about the cost of following Jesus (I’d encourage you to read it when you get the opportunity). An additional verse that went along with the passage is found in Luke 9:23 (NLT) and it says:
“Then he said to the crowd, “if any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your way, take up your cross daily and follow me”
There are two things we can learn from this passage. First, following Christ means that we set aside our ways for His. Secondly, following Christ is a daily choice we make. It is not a one time event, it is something that continues over our entire life. With those lessons in mind, as we enter the thick of summer I want to encourage you to not let your relationship with God fall by the wayside. God is never done. There is so much for us to learn. There is so much He wants to say. We need to posture ourselves to consciously be aware of God’s presence.
If summer is the period where you get the most rest or it’s a different time of year, my message is the same. Don’t tap out on Jesus because He certainly doesn’t stop chasing after us. Whether you’re working, resting or having fun recognize that summer is an opportunity to grow in God in a way that is different during the school year. This summer is presents a great opportunity to restart your devotional life that can set you up for the upcoming school year (I know too soon to mention this!) and beyond,
I challenge you to take your relationship with God to the next level this summer. Be mindful of how you spend your time I find during summer the days can just pass you by if you’re not intentional (I mean can you believe we’re in August!!). I love this expression that says ‘stop counting the days and make the days count’. Don’t settle for what you’ve already experienced of Him because there is so much more!